We have a page dedicated to when you pass, so we would be remiss not to deal with the possibility of failure. If you fail your Module 2 test don’t worry, you are not alone; around one third of all people who attempted their Module 2 test in 2013 failed their first time. This page will help you get to grips with how you can end up failing, what can be done next, and offer some handy pointers as to how you can get that pass if you don’t get it the first time.


“Why did I fail?”

You will be given an assessment sheet at the end of your test. This sheet consists of 47 boxes, each representing an element of riding proficiency that the examiner will be looking out for.

For most minor faults, you will be given a single mark in the appropriate box. If you get 4 marks in one box, or over 15 marks total (5 for Module 1, 10 for Module 2), you will fail your test. For more serious or dangerous faults, a single mark can result in a fail.

Serious or dangerous faults include:

  • Dangerous or illegal manoeuvres such as changing lanes without indicating or turning right without performing a ‘livesaver’ check.
  • Failing to obey traffic signs including speed limits, traffic lights or No Entry signs.
  • Failing to cancel your indicator, leading to a potentially dangerous situation by misleading other drivers.
  • Failing to observe lane markings
  • Pulling out in front of another vehicle at a junction, causing them to apply their brakes.


What you can do for next time

Combat the nerves. During lessons, you are riding in a familiar environment, with an instructor you are no doubt used to. In the test, you don’t have this luxury. You are being followed by an examiner of whom you know very little about, how stringent they are, and who may well ride different routes to the ones you are used to. All of this, coupled with the fact that you are under an hour away from either passing or failing what you have worked for weeks or even months up to, can turn the unprepared into a bag of nerves. There are a few things you can take with you to your next test to steady those nerves:

  • You’ll have done the test and will now know what it’s like in a real test situation. Remember all you can from that experience, and know that now you’ve done it once before, you will know what to expect.
  • Remember that examiners are humans too. They want to see you riding on the road as much as you do; it is a common misconception that the examiners are out to get you or will try to trick you into making an error.
  • You will have a better idea of your weaknesses. In the days leading up to your test, practice these areas of weakness over and over and commit yourself to not making the same mistakes in the next test. You will find yourself more confident on the day if you patch up your areas of weakness.

Focus on your areas of weaknesses. Once you’ve done your Module 1 and Module 2 test, you will be given an assessment sheet showing all the minor and serious faults you made during the test. This will give you a clear picture of your areas of weakness and can be the basis of your next lessons running up to the second test. Filling in these gaps in your knowledge will not only make you a safer rider and more likely to pass, but will make you more confident in your abilities.

Take a practice lesson before the test. This should be done before even your first test but is even more crucial before your second, as it gives you an opportunity to consolidate everything you have learned, and gives you the opportunity to conduct a mock test with your instructor.

What next

After your Module 2 test, you can reapply using the same process as applying for your first test.